A top-down hat and toe-up baby booties with a “forked heel” give the baby set a new twist. Babies have pronounced heels and fat feet, so making baby socks that fit can be difficult. The forked heel helps out by creating a longer, wider heel that will stay on.


A common cast-on technique for toe-up socks also doubles as a cast-on technique for the top-down hat. This adaptation takes the pain out of small-circumference circular cast-ons and might just win you over for your next shawl, too.

Basic 2×2 ribbing is flexible enough for new parents to get squirmy babies into both the socks and the hat.

About This Pattern


    32 sts/48 rows


    175-300 yds main color, 40-60 yds contrast color

    Difficulty Level:

    Knitting, purling, knitting in the round, short rows



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